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Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Social Care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed needs. Social care services are administered through local authorities working with voluntary, private and independent social care organisations. Councils may also provide services themselves or commission others to do so. The health sector comprises over 2 million people who are working in the NHS (public sector) as well as with voluntary and private healthcare providers and employers. The range of roles within the sector is very varied and the NHS careers site lists in the region of 300 different jobs.

Course content

You will be required to achieve 58 credits which will include the following mandatory units:

• Promote communication and equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Engage in personal development in health, social are or children’s and young people’s settings
• Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• The role of the health and social care worker
• Promote person-centred approaches in health and social care
• Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
• Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings. Optional units will be discussed with your assessor according to your job role.

Entry requirements

To take part in this programme you will need:

• Academic competence – Candidates ideally require a Level 2 in Health and Social Care Care or BTEC First Certificate in Health and Social Care and Development L2. This is not a mandatory requirement if they have been working in a Health and Social Care setting at the appropriate level to be able to cover the standards for a minimum of three months.

• English and/or Maths GCSE Grades D or above, or English and maths following a BKSB diagnostic at L2 in both or alternatively an Adult Literacy or Numeracy certificate at L2. ICT L2 would be advantageous.

• Behaviours/Work experience/employability skills – Applicants need to have three+ months’ work experience in working on their own or supervising others in a Health and Social Care setting to enrol on this course with at least 30 hours placement hours per week as a mandatory requirement. A current enhanced CRB/DBS for the placement you are working is essential.

The tutor/trainer/assessor would look at the results of the above holistically to make a decision about whether or not to accept a learner onto an Apprenticeship programme.


The majority of the programme is assessed in the workplace. You will also need to gather evidence to demonstrate your competence. You will be allocated a named assessor who will guide and support you throughout your Apprenticeship programme.

Future opportunities

It is anticipated that you will progress to Level 5 QCF qualifications in management or senior practitioner’s roles in health and social care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which you work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Milton Keynes College directly.

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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